Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum
Member Dividends Plant Distribution

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Family Fun Activities

Family Activities

There are a lot of fun things to do at Morris Arboretum for adults, kids and families. Check out some of our Family Fun Activities that are geared towards kids during their visit and engage the whole family. Download and print the activity PDFs and bring them with you the next time you come to visit Morris Arboretum, or Go Green, View it on Screen! Click here for Special Events.

Monthly Themed Activities

Sowing Seeds!

Passport – “Collect” seeds you find at the Arboretum or in your neighborhood by drawing or describing them in the Passport. Download Seeds Passport

Bingo – Using three different Bingo cards, you can look for specific seeds, animals that move seeds, and seeds that fit; descriptions. Download Bingo Cards

Seeds Up Close – Drawing, coloring and a word search will help uncover the baby plant inside a seed. All you need are dried beans at home and this worksheet.
Download Seeds Worksheet

A Seed Grows Up – Pretend to be a growing seed. Pictures and instructions will take you from seed to full grown plant. Along the Oak Allée

Seeds Move! – Find out many ways a seed moves away from its parent by spinning, floating, and hopping and more – just like a seed. Stump past the end of the Oak Allée

Bee Happy - Hunt for the LEGO™ Bees

Bees are buzzing all around the Arboretum! This year’s scavenger hunt features LEGO® bees constructed by members of ColonialLUG (Registered LEGO® Users Group). Use the online map and see if you can find them all. Be sure to check out the motorized bee and flower in the Gift Shop window.

Arboretum Adventure

Hop, squirm, buzz, flap, and scamper your way around the Arboretum with animal guides. Learn how plants and animals support one another along the way! Completing all five activities will take you on an approximate 1.0 mile walk around the Arboretum. Most sites can be seen from the stroller and wheelchair accessible paths, but one animal leads to a grassy and hilly area.

Start your adventure

Arboretum Adventure

Tree Adventure & Out on a Limb
Generously supported by the Jane and Leonard Korman Family Foundation.

Temporarily closed.

Get a bird’s eye view of the forest from 50 feet up, perched on a canopy walk high above ground level. Or scamper down onto the Squirrel Scramble, a huge hammock-like net where you can look down to the ground far below through the rope netting. Enter a Bird’s Nest and sit on giant robin’s eggs, just waiting to hatch. It’s all part of Morris Arboretum’s Tree Adventure exhibit, connecting us to the natural world, and themed to teach us that we need trees and trees need us.

Designed by Metcalfe Architecture & Design, the exhibit is a fully accessible, fascinating learning experience for both children and adults. Learn more about the green elements of the design here.

Host your next party at Out on a Limb! Learn more.

Your Guide to Tree Adventure

In 2019, Out on a Limb – A Tree Adventure Exhibit celebrated its 10th anniversary. This fall, new, exciting activities have been added to enhance this interactive experience for visitors of all ages. A new listening station has been added to Out on a Limb to enable visitors to “hear” the sounds of nature from the tree canopy, and new interpretative panels have been installed throughout the garden.

Download the activity guide!

Out on a Limb – A Tree Adventure Exhibit is supported by the Korman Family Foundation.

Your Guide to Tree Adventure

  • Tree Scientist
  • Tree Adventure
  • Kids Sculpture
  • Kids Wetlands
  • Growing Minds
  • Family Events

Family Activity Cards & Tours

Tree Scientist

Family Fun Cards: Be a Tree Explorer & Scientist

Learn how to become a Tree Scientist by making your own field book! Download the PDF activity card

Kids Sculpture

Kids Sculpture Tour (self-guided)

Activities and ideas to engage young visitors to think and interact creatively with the sculptures at Morris Arboretum. Download the PDF activity card

Wetlands Tour

Kids Wetlands Tour (self-guided)

Learn about what wetlands are and why they are important. This guide will teach you the history of the wetlands at Morris Arboretum and help you search for native plants. Identify wetland vegetation and local and migratory animals as you explore the area. Download the PDF activity card

Events for Kids & Families

Special events are scheduled all the time, check the calendar to see what we have upcoming. Learn more

Growing Minds Family Programs

Growing Minds classes inspire a sense of wonder about the natural world. They offer children and their caregivers the opportunity to connect meaningfully with nature, through a wide variety of creative and educational programs. Take a look and sign up for these programs that are certain to be enriching, fun, and memorable! Learn more

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Alerts & Updates

Member Dividend Plant Distribution!

Thursday, September 17 - Wednesday, September 30
Fernery Plaza
Advance Tickets Required for Member Dividend Plant Pick Up

Members, we are excited to share Arboretum plants with you! That's right - a free plant for being a member. New (like so many things) this year, there are two locations and two timeframes for picking-up your member dividend plant:

The plant selection will be varied throughout the distribution dates. Dividends are from the Arboretum's collection of propagated plants from our greenhouse. This is your opportunity to bring a piece of the Arboretum to your home garden or neighborhood!

Individual, Dual, Family, Beech, and Chestnut members may select one plant per membership. Holly, Oak, Laurel, and Collectors Circle member may select two plants per membership.  Reserve tickets now.

Map of the Arboretum

Due to the weather and flooding, the Arboretum is closed today Tuesday, August 4th.

Advance Tickets Required for All Visitors (Including Members)

The Morris Arboretum is excited to be open! We have instituted new policies as required by the government of Pennsylvania in order to keep the public safe while visiting. Please review the policies below before your visit.

  • The City of Philadelphia mandates that all visitors age 2 and older wear face coverings.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • The Visitor Center, the Shop, and Compton Café are temporarily closed, but picnicking will be permitted in certain areas.
  • The Fernery and the Log Cabin are temporarily closed.
  • Restrooms are open and sanitized regularly.
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the Arboretum.
  • Bring your own water and snacks.
  • Library passes and RAP reciprocal admissions are not accepted at this time.
Reserve Tickets Now

Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.


Visitor Map

Download a printable map